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Sex Offender Allegedly Made Threats, Cut Off GPS Device, Located in Palm Springs

September 2013 photo of Dennis Michael McKenzie
September 2013 photo of Dennis Michael McKenzie
A sex offender who recently cut off his GPS monitoring device and made more than 50 threatening, obscene phone calls to the family of an 80-year-old victim he allegedly raped in 2004 was spotted Wednesday in Palm Springs and taken into custody.

Acting on a tip, Specialized Enforcement Team deputies found Dennis Michael McKenzie, 55, in the 500 block of South Palm Canyon Drive around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said.

McKenzie had been released from prison and paroled to a halfway house in Long Beach, Bachman said.

"Recently, he cut off his GPS monitoring device and his current whereabouts are unknown," Bachman said earlier Wednesday, before the suspect was in custody. "McKenzie has a history of frequenting the Lake Arrowhead area of the San Bernardino County, Long Beach, Banning, Los Angeles County and Palm Springs."

McKenzie was arrested Wednesday on a felony no-bail warrant, Bachman said.
rubberband November 01, 2013 at 09:37 AM
both of these points of view make sense to me. I am uncomfortable. (See, Marty?) I need to sit with it. BRB; thinking.
Jeremiah November 01, 2013 at 11:02 AM
I also see both sides, but it is a question with no really good answers. Where do you draw the line and make the decision to trust someone who wasn't able to be trusted before? Does their welfare and dignity trump what might or might not happen? Who gets to make that decision? **** I am well aware as a minister that people can change their way of acting - but I also know that science tells us we are wired to see certain types of people as sexually attractive at a very early age. Once wired, that is our preference. I have my doubts that that can be changed - only controlled. A person who maintains control should be societally acceptable and not discriminated against - except what about momentary relapses, which all of us are prone to? It's like being an alcoholic - you never stop being one, you only control it. Many succeed at this - but many don't, as well, and fall off the wagon. Can we as a society make that gamble or decision with the lives of innocents? I don't think so. **** It's sad, but sometimes things we do have consequences that we have to live with for the rest of our lives. We have to accept that and live with it. Recovered sexual offenders need to understand that and not expect more, just as recovered alcoholics understand that there are things they cannot do and situations which they cannot place themselves in. **** I don't think that we can play the odds here, not when the consequences of a bad decision is the ruination of another life. It might not happen - but then again it might. We can't know until it either does or doesn't, is the problem. As a society we really can't take that chance, even if the person has paid the price and MAY be recovered. **** Jeremiah
not Carl Peterson lll November 02, 2013 at 04:17 AM
People who commit some types of sex crimes have issues that started before they even remember....mostly ingrained for life. Perhaps that's why it doesn't get fixed. Anything before something like three is as good as in your DNA .....Said Buzzlightyear, pondering life.
desertpatriot November 03, 2013 at 11:01 AM
@budlight: not gonna agree nor disagree with your claim. but what i find most disturbing is society's acceptance and the media's announcement of male homosexuality as being 'normal' behavior vs. 'perverted' behavior. that to me is the real "crime"************************************** 'step into the light, let go of your hate & negativity. embrace the new age of pan-sexual liberation: animals, groups, dead bodies, children, parents, homosexuality...no substantive difference'
not Carl Peterson lll November 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
desertpatrot Well....lookin' fer attention, ay? Am I clearly understanding your post? you are stating that sex with dead bodies, and child rape is the same ("no substantive difference") as "male homosexuality"? You also posted:.............. ............... desertpatriot November 03, 2013 at 03:22 PM man and woman forming a bond together is marriage. it is natural, organic and thus in tune with nature and is healthy. gay marriage is an 'oxymoron'. it is artificial, synthetic, unhealthy to the natural body and no children can be produced together. thus it’s fake and should have none of the respect or benefits as actual marriage. the idea that you can redefine marriage as it suits you is preposterous................ .Was posted by you on the eight patch sites that had this article:... ...http://ramona.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/same-sex-couples-how-to-marry-your-way-to-lower-taxes-Ramona ... .Hmmm. quite often, those that scream the loudest are....well....Are you "fighting the gay inside you"? And you never mention lesbians. Oh yeah! that's fun to think about. Did the Patch peeps delete all your comments on those sites, or did you? As much as I disagree with your stance, the censoring from some on the left is not right.
desertpatriot November 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
@budlight: now i'm questioning your gender preference -time to come clean my man and tell us who you really are********* as karen once said in the will and grace tv series, "all women are lesbians until they meet the right man"
not Carl Peterson lll November 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
OK so, that's a you too, but more of it....I still am curios. Did you delete all your posts, or did patch? Budlight? Why drink water?
desertpatriot November 03, 2013 at 07:07 PM
your psyudonym looks/sounds like 'budlight' hence i've chrisened you 'budlight' :) *************************** neither -deleting was done by the gay militia. they operate out of palm springs and rule (by intimidation) the media -patch, tds, lat, tv, radio etc. anyone who disagrees with the homosexual agenda is instantly attacked and labeled a homophobe, a bigot, a hate monger etc. i am one of a handful of contrarians who is willing to stand up and put an end to their madness. been fighting them for years and they're well aware as to who i am. a lesson in futility? yes...perhaps but it's a worthy cause...no?
Alexander Cuttleworth November 03, 2013 at 08:43 PM
How did this get from rapists/sex offenders to homosexual?
beaumontdave November 03, 2013 at 09:02 PM
apparently DP sees them all as equivalent.
desertpatriot November 03, 2013 at 09:45 PM
please accept my humble apology for getting off topic but i was distracted. carry on...
not Carl Peterson lll November 03, 2013 at 10:09 PM
desertrat...you don't have to like gay people. Freedom of thought. When you compare homosexuals with child, animal, and dead people sex, that's just plain retarded, and will convince no one of anything except one. The people you rally against and many others make a poster boy out of it, then label every conservative as being like you. The result is you are hurting your own cause. Think long and hard about. You are actually being selfish by feeling good for verbally throwing up and the rest of us suffer the consequences of the blowback. You are not one of us when you do that. I also believe in free speech, and should not be deleted.
not Carl Peterson lll November 03, 2013 at 11:43 PM
On a lighter note. desertriat can now go to work in a dress,heels and water ever size bra he decides because..... ...http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/188967-gay-rights-bill-looks-to-protect-gender-transition-in-the-workplace... ...Just havin fun desertriot. But I will pray the dress away for you
rubberband November 04, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Fabulous news.
Jeremiah November 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Personally I think each person's sexual orientation is their own private business. I don't go around proclaiming daily to the world that I am a straight male - so why do gay people have to plaster it all over the papers and news media and expect special treatment? I don't throw my orientation in their face and I don't appreciate having theirs thrown in mine. Just shut up already and do your thing and leave me out of it as I leave you out of mine. I'm tired of seeing this in every newspaper and media outlet every time I open or turn one on. I don't care what you are as long as you don't involve me and I certainly don't involve you in my life. **** To me a person who has to constantly proclaim their orientation is weak and unsure of themselves. I also believe that lack of consideration for other people's rights not to hear about it to be very low-class and rude. **** Jeremiah
Claire Frémont-Hampton November 04, 2013 at 11:21 AM
All women are lesbians until they meet the right man? I think you have spent too much time in that desert, patriot. I am now with Marty 100%, and picturing you in a bra, dress, and heels. Thank you both for making the morning interesting.
desertpatriot November 04, 2013 at 11:34 AM
thank you 'budlight' and 'claire the room' for the kind words but we really do need to remain on topic. i'll lead by example by stating the obvious: palm springs attracts way too many of these sicko-creeps which is why i avoid the place. as do many families with children
rubberband November 04, 2013 at 11:44 AM
There needs to be some updated testing that can be done to see how likely these people are to re-offend...it seems like most of them do. I don't have good numbers on this, it just seems like you hear about someone getting locked up for rape/child molestation and then when they get out, BAM. They do the same thing AGAIN. I don't want there to be a "next victim." That there were ANY victims is bad enough.
not Carl Peterson lll November 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
OH..desertpatriot... You said "stick to the subject". We were until you made your gay agenda here. Then people followed your post.
Alexander Cuttleworth November 04, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Interesting that desertpatriot immediately comes up with alternate and inappropriate names for people who disagree with him. And the Gay Militia deleted all his Patch posts? Hmmm. Buz/Marty, thank you. I'm going to enjoy picturing DP wearing a dress, unshaven of course and a cigarette hanging from his (her?) lip.
desertpatriot November 04, 2013 at 11:37 PM
@bdave, budlight, claire the room and cuttlefish: look fellas, out of respect for the other readers we need to stay on topic. if you want we can take this fight to a new blog. here's an idea: create a blog titled 'why i think dp is an a-hole' and i'll step up to the plate and participate in your little hissy fit. deal?
beaumontdave November 05, 2013 at 12:18 AM
DP, I'm happy to leave it be, the crazy scumbag in this story should be the focus. I can't imagine how at 55 [my age] this guy has all this perverted energy to harass the family and the poor, elderly woman he raped. Disgusting. I hope they can charge him with more then braking parole, he needs to be locked up until he's too frail to be a threat to anyone.
rubberband November 05, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I am so glad I didn't become a cop. I'd be horrible at my job, showing restraint would be really really hard for me. What a $hit job....having to deal with this terrible aspect of humanity everyday....no wonder people who work in law enforcement can get so depressed......
Alexander Cuttleworth November 05, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Very willing to stay on subject, and the subject is sexual offenders and the scumbag in this article.
rubberband November 05, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Excuse my cut and paste but here is what I could find out about Mr. Creepy:McKenzie was convicted of raping the woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2006, according to state records. He had been found mentally incompetent and committed in 2004, according to court documents. McKenzie was paroled in 2010 and released to a state hospital, Patino said. McKenzie remained under the supervision of doctors at the facility until March, Patino said. Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said McKenzie had been living in a halfway house since November 2011. The California Department of State Hospitals cannot confirm whether someone has been a patient because of privacy laws, but the agency has a conditional release program that allows for outpatient treatment for mentally disordered sex offenders. McKenzie was arrested in August and September for parole violations, Eaton said. Details on those violations weren't immediately available, but Miller said McKenzie was jailed for five days for one of the violations.
Alexander Cuttleworth November 06, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Wonder how long, and where, they will keep him this time. A repeat mentally incompetent parole violator. Obviously the gps wont work. Thanks for the update, rb. It would be interesting to know how many, of the same type of sex offender, have been let out on parole and given outpatient mental health care by the State.
rubberband November 07, 2013 at 01:14 PM
many. I'd guess many and more to come. I don't know if there isn't enough "room" or if something else trumps this sort of predator. Tell you what tho: I'd rather have a kid who was caught with a joint with no prior violent actions out than this guy...a hundred times over.....Clearly this man isn't "cured" or better in any way, and will continue to be very much a threat...What is the responsibility around releasing someone like this? I can only guess this sorta thing happens frequently as I don't think it's easy to "find beds" for mentally ill population.
Alexander Cuttleworth November 07, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Resurrect the old time State Insane Asylums without bleeding hearts in charge. I'm afraid you are right, rb.
beaumontdave November 07, 2013 at 11:47 PM
It's a complicated problem with no easy answers. A lot of predatory types know how to go with the program, sociopaths who pretend regret and shame, fool doctors and staff to get release. The system has released the mentally ill to the community, Lanterman in Pomona finally closed and it was one of the largest facilities in the state, but back in the seventies the state decided to phase out most all facilities over 12 beds, so now most places for the mentally ill or challenged are six bed homes run by immigrant families needing the income. I'm sure some are terrific, caring people, but many are "bare bones" operations creating issues in the neighborhoods they operate in. So now, instead of the institutional abuses of large facilities we have the benign neglect of small homes, and any real fixes involve money we can't afford and/or would never vote for to fix the problems.
rubberband November 08, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Whoa..I didn't know Lanterman closed. Holy crap. That's bad.

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